REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
In 2010 Intel released their first consumer six-core CPU, the Core i7 980X, and since then year after year they’ve continued to release six-core CPUs in price ranges from under $600 to around $1,100. Now roughly five years later, they’ve released their first ever desktop consumer eight-core CPU, and in doing so, they’ve beat the only competition in a market that they dominate…themselves.
The Core i7 5960X is easily the fastest consumer desktop CPU on the market and beats its nearest competitor by miles. Sure, it costs a boatload and really isn’t for everyone. But for anyone in the market for a top of the line workstation CPU, there really isn’t any question that this is the best choice. Yes, for the vast majority of users a quad-core like the 4th generation core i5 or i7 will be more than enough power to meet their needs for a much more affordable price. But consider this, if history is any indication as to what the future holds, then we can expect Intel’s eight-core CPUs to hit prices of under $400 in 3-5 years. If that happens, we dread what may become of any competition. …that is if we aren’t ruled by robot overlords powered by Intel processors by then.
With the Core i7 5960X, Intel pushes the envelope even further ahead. We’re happy to award it our Technology X Innovation Award.